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Help! 6 week Doberman puppy weighing only 4 lbs

Hello, I'm new to this group and hoping you all can help us. We got a 6 week male puppy (or so we were told) from a BYB (I know now the problem with this so please don't judge us). We were told he is a doberman. We weren't able to see the parents because the man said he separated the puppies from their mother because she was too aggressive and he was afraid they would get sick from her.

Here are our concerns:

1. Is he even a doberman? We can't figure out if he is truly a doberman or if we got duped and he's a min pin. Our vet was dumbfounded and didn't think he was a doberman but wasn't sure what he was. She thinks he's only going to be 15 lbs. We sent a picture of him to another vet she said she was cautious to say he was a doberman. We're pretty heart broken, but we also are concerned that maybe he is and he's just very malnourished and VERY young. What do you think?

2. He eats well, but concerned with over feeding him. Is that possible at this point? We feed about about 1/4 of a can of wet puppy food each time we feed him and we feed him 3-4 times a day. Is that too little? He hasn't been drinking a lot of water at all though and seems afraid of the water bowl.

3. We got him dewormed and the vet also tested him to make sure he was parasite free and he is -thank goodness!

4. He's been sleeping A TON and does play so he's gotten a bit more lively.

I'm just concerned - is he really a doberman? Are we feeding him enough?

Thank you for all your help.

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Welcome to DT. I do think he's a doberman but he's very young and malnourished as you say and obviously "wormy" with intestinal parasites. Your vet did give him de wormer, right? Since he's so young I would feed him about 4 or more times a day kibble soaked in goats milk to get him to gain weight. Just estimating here but he should be eating 3-5 cups a day to get enough calories to gain weight.
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Welcome from Indiana

He looks like a Dobie to me too .

I sorry here - But seeing pictures like this tend to put me in a real --tyy mood ! That poor puppy !

Vegas - YOU take good care of him - it appears you saved his life - BYB need a ball bat taken to them
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Well if that puppy is only 6 weeks and if he's a Doberman (but I agree with the folks who thought he looked like a very young and very underweight Doberman). I haven't seen a whole lot of Min Pin puppies at very young ages but he really doesn't look much like a MinPin to me.

Even though he's very thin I think you'd have to treat him like an older dog who was very malnourashed. Generally what vets recommend it putting weight on slowly--I don't know what his stools look like but too much food will usually give a puppy or even a grown dog anything from very soft stool to frank diarrhea. I think that if I were doing this I'd feed him about six times a day and not a whole lot at each feeding and I'd definitely want to get him on at least partial kibble for his meals--wet food (and this may be why he doesn't seem to drink much water) is more water than solid food. And some puppies and dogs don't deal very well with a lot of canned food.

Anyway I'd try a lot of small meals (maybe 1/2 cup each meal) with a spoonful of canned food in 1/2 of the meals and some yogurt or cottage cheese (just a spoonful) for a couple of the meals and an egg--I feed them hard boiled and that way you can give less than a whole egg to a dog who isn't used to them--and I'd give him half an egg for the last meal.

Maybe MaryJo will come in here--she took on a starved rescue foster who was an older puppy but he was incredibly thin--she put one picture up that was just heartbreaking--the dog was curled up and it looked like a dead dog--just bones. But that's kind of what she was doing when it came to feeding to get weight on.

Baby Dobes are very small when born--a pound more or less and are often weaned at 3 weeks so I kind of wonder if you go lied to about age and it is just a very young puppy who dam maybe got taken away because she didn't have enough patience or milk to feed the litter.

Good luck and keep us posted here

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Thank you all for your advice. I appreciate it so much. I went to PetSmart today and bought some milk replacement and dry food. I soaked the dry food with the milk replacement and had him eat it. He ate about 1/2 of a 3/4 cup. I'll keep feeding him more - small cups throughout the day.

It's encouraging to hear that you all think he's a doberman just very young. We were devastated when our vet wasn't sure and told us she thought he'd just get to be 15 lbs. I'm hoping for the best.

I'll keep everyone posted. Thank you so much for your community and help.
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I agree that he does look like a very malnourished and underweight Doberman puppy. Dobebug gave you excellent advice. Something else you may want to add is CaniOtic to his diet. This will really help with digestion and utilization of his food. https://www.bluegrassanimalproducts....niotic-liquid/

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I agree with everyone else that it does look like a Doberman - but for sure probably younger than 6 weeks and very thin. I agree with feeding him at least 4-6 times a day. For puppies that age, I soaked their kibble for at least 1/2 hour before feeding. I think its ok to use some milk replacer for a couple of weeks to soak the kibble in. A normal 8 week old puppy should be eating about 3 cups of high quality kibble 3-4 times a day. I don't generally add a lot of stuff to kibble for young puppies, but a little bit of full fat greek yogurt might be good. Just a small spoonful to start.
The starved puppy I fostered many years ago was 7 months old when I got him - he was 21 pounds when rescued. I fed him about 4-5 times a day. Soaked kibble with chicken and noodles with chicken broth. I don't know if that would be too rich for a really young puppy.
Hopefully your puppy will really start putting on some weight when fed a good quality of kibble and plenty of it. If he doesn't, I'd really start to worry.
Keep us informed on how he does - good luck to you!
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